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Professor Ian Frazer of HPV Vaccine Portrait

Professor Ian Frazer pioneered the development of the first Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine which has seen a reduction of HPV infections in young women between 70-86% and the incidence of cervical cancer rates drop by 90%. Few doctors/scientists have had such a profound impact on the health of so many people. Today we talk to Professor Ian Frazer about his career, the events leading up to the HPV vaccine development, and the future of this life-saving medicine.

Some of Professor Ian Frazer awards include:

  • Australian of the Year (2006)
  • Prime Ministers Prize for Science (2008)
  • The Balzan Prize (2008)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of London (2012)
  • Companion of the Order of Australia on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list (2013)
  • Immunology research department named the Frazer Institute at the University of Queensland

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